Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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Earlier this year Canadian Pacific asked Cottage Grove officials if the city would host a big event celebrating the 15th anniversary of the company’s Holiday Train. “They didn’t have to...
In many ways, the Cottage View Drive-In farewell celebration felt like the theater's early days some four decades ago. Hundreds of people turned out Thursday to say goodbye to the theater that will close its doors for good in the coming weeks after a 46-year run. The 900-space parking lot was roughly three-quarters full as collector cars from the mid-1960s and other eras pulled in alongside sedans, pick-up trucks and vans. Fans of outdoor movies and low-cost family entertainment showed up: Couples who remember the drive-in's early years.
Police say a Cottage Grove woman suffocated her newborn baby while sleeping with him after she had been drinking. Washington County prosecutors charged Toni A. Medrano, 29, with two felony manslaughter charges in connection with the 3-week-old baby's death last year. Medrano admitted that she drank vodka and later went to sleep with her newborn positioned between her and a cushion on a couch in the family's Cottage Grove home.
Republicans picked first-time candidate Janis Quinlan to challenge Sen. Katie Sieben and threw their support behind Cottage Grove City Council member Derrick Lehrke for an open Minnesota House seat. Quinlan, a real estate agent and St. Paul Park resident, won the Senate District 54 endorsement on the fourth round of balloting at the district convention Saturday in Hastings. Quinlan beat fellow first-time candidate Chad Rediske, of Cottage Grove, who conceded to Quinlan after trailing in each of the four rounds.
A Hastings man was killed and his passenger was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Manning Avenue in rural Washington County. Emergency crews were called at 3:08 p.m. on a report of a single-car accident along Manning Avenue/Highway 95 north of 70th Street, Cottage Grove police and the State Patrol said.
A Hastings man was apprehended by Cottage Grove police Thursday afternoon following a high-speed chase that slowed rush hour traffic on Highway 61 north of the Hastings Bridge. Cottage Grove police said officers tried to make a traffic stop near 100th Street and Innovation around 4 p.m., but the driver, Dennis M. Dick, allegedly fled and led police southbound on Highway 61 toward Hastings at speeds of up to 70 mph, officers reported. The attempted traffic stop was related to a felony weapons warrant in Dakota County, police said.
South Washington County lawmakers have accepted paychecks during the state government shutdown, but handled the pay differently. Sen. Katie Sieben and Reps. Denny McNamara and John Kriesel were on a list of 138 legislators who did not elect to have their pay withheld during the shutdown, which reaches Day 19 on Tuesday.
Washington County authorities allege that a group of people burglarized and vandalized Afton State Park over the holiday weekend, ransacking an office and damaging cabins while the park was shuttered because of the state government shutdown. Sheriff Bill Hutton said since the park was closed, nobody was around to stop three buildings from being burglarized and damaged either late Sunday or early Monday.
Police said a St. Paul Park boy likely saved his teenage friend's life when he pulled him from the Mississippi River Thursday after the teen fell off a cliff. Douglas Gjerdahl, 16, and Jacob Seaton, 10, were walking in a wooded area of Riverside Park in St. Paul Park, overlooking the river, when Gjerdahl fell off a 20- to 30-foot cliff, St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan said. Gjerdahl landed in the river, hitting his head. He was unresponsive when Seaton pulled the teen from the water, "more than likely saving his life," Monahan said. Emergency crews from St.
The South Washington County Telecommunications Commission no longer will air religious and other public-generated programming, opting to broadcast only professionally produced shows and content approved by commission staff. The commission airs its content on three South Washington County-TV cable channels - 14, 16 and 18. Commission staff air live government meetings and produce shows related to local communities. The programming changes do not affect broadcasts of council and commission meetings in Cottage Grove, Woodbury, St. Paul Park, Newport and Grey Cloud Island Township.